NEC Canada since 1996 serving Canadians.
General Public Information / Intending Applicants
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Minimum Academic Admission Requirement?
The minimum requirement for any of our degree program is having a high school (grade 12) or equivalent diploma and to clear our entrance examinations and tests to insure highest quality of education.
How Long are the NEC Programs?
NEC Canada offers Two (2) Advanced Diploma programs since established.
A. Diploma of Osteopathic Manual practice program runs for 4 years FT for students with 6 months of Internship and 1 year of Independent practice and 2 ½ years FT for Grade 3 students due to existing medical / health education qualifications requisites but have to fulfill all other criterions. There is also an additional requirement to qualify for Independent practice with the submission / defending of a Thesis before the NEC Canada Committee guided by a Grandparenting clause. The DO(Mp) is 4 years + 1 year Independent of which 6 months needs to be under Grandparent Supervision of an elected professor. 5 years in total and is awarded by the GOCC OS.
B . DNM® Doctorate of Natural Medicine® study program is 3 years full time with Clinical internship and 6 Months of Independent practice under supervised Mentor ship with a dissertation under approval from the committee of NEC and is awarded by the EBNMP Canada.
PS– NEC Canada academic Programs is undergoing current evaluation by an International University ( pending process under review TBA).
What is the Difference between a Osteopath Physician vs Osteopathic Manual Practice?
In USA and Canada “Osteopath or D.O ” refers to American style osteopathic medicine that is another branch of M.D but involves osteopathic manipulations, regular medications and surgery and is strictly regulated by the RCPSC Medical Council in Canada and AOBFP Council of USA. USA has two types of Physicians ie M.D or DO.
Outside of US & Canada, the term “osteopath” refers to a profession that provides only hands-on manual therapy restricted from performing any surgery or prescribing medications related very closely to the Chiropractor profession with the title of Diploma of Osteopathic manual practitioner designation unless one has been awarded a DO by an recognized body.
In Canada one holds oneself as Osteopathic manual practitioner.
New Earth College of Natural Healing Sciences (Canada) Presently offers two diploma programs in osteopathic manual practice. Namely D.O(Mp) Diploma in Osteopathic manual practice in Ontario, Canada and more will be added. TBA
What is the Difference between a N.D vs DNM?
A Canadian N.D is a Government regulated Title and the DNM® Doctorate of Natural Medicine® is used by those who practice Traditional Naturopathy in Canada.
What kinds of students can apply to NEC Canada?
There are three categories of students entering NEC Canada.
Category 1: International / Regular students with no prior health education-who will have to complete all the prerequisite courses compulsory.
Category 2: International / Regular Students with previous health education / Biology & Basic Science backgrounds, such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, kinesiologists or any allied health care students who will receive maximum credits transfer.
Category 3: Students who possess a Masters / Doctoral level equivalent education such as physiotherapists / physical therapists, chiropractors, physicians and surgeons, and naturopaths / natural medicine practitioners / Herbalists etc and all other categories of health practitioners.
Depending on which category they are, NEC will award credits that allow them to graduate in a shorter time while paying less tuition.
PS: One will have to pass all exams and satisfy all required course electives “no exceptions”.
How much is the tuition?
Tuition for any of our Degree program is approx. 9,700 CAD$ ( Generic idea) per year for Full time hands on in classes, A separate compulsory required Internship under one of our instructing professors. Inclusive of all official transcripts / Government recognized validated certificate , Letter of Accreditation , Certificate of Mentorship , Student records. A free year of Alumni membership , Official NEC ID and more…visit student resources Alumni page. TBA
Is There a Tuition Discount For Health Practitioners?
All students who have previous health education receive maximum credit transfers toward their tuition for programs offered by NEC. The exact amount of credit depends on student’s educational background. Please see the Program page to know the exact amount of credits transfered for different categories of students.
Is There a Tuition Discount for Students Who Are on Welfare or Disability?
No, we cannot at this time not offer any such discount to those applicants on social assistance or those who are disabled bieng a Not for Profit Org but in the future we would love to.
However the Ontario government does offer limited amount of financial assistance to qualified applicants to study.
When Do the NEC Programs Start?
All degree programs start twice per year; We accept students twice a year ie Fall and Summer..
Is Financial Help & Student Loans Available?
Students with good credit history may be eligible to receive student loans from the Government of Canada. Please contact your local bank for details such as eligibility requirements, interest rates and applications. Government loans maybe available to students for a degree programs offered by NEC Canada and we will try our best to work with the local banking institutions towards such with help from our co-alliance and banking agencies.
What Programs of study are Offered?
DNM® Doctorate of Natural Medicine® – NEC offers all the academic courses required for our graduates to fulfill and apply for DNM® EBNMP Canada. ( To be clear. We only offer the study program not the Titles or Registrations)
D.O(Mp) -Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice- NEC offers all the academic courses required for our graduates to fulfill and apply for D.O(Mp with the GOCC OS Canada. ( To be clear. We only offer the study program not the Titles or Registrations)
What Employment Opportunities Exist For NEC Graduates?
Upon graduation from anyone of our programs our graduates have the option of opening their own clinics; or to rent rooms in established medical, assessment, health or rehab clinics in order to benefit from cross referrals; or to work as employees in other osteopathic, naturopathic, natural medicines clinics, medical, chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage or rehab clinics and we are working to partner with a established Employment bank to our students benefits.
Most graduates work in private clinics as sole proprietor, associate or employee. However, the increase in multidisciplinary health care facilities and physical rehabilitation clinics has opened new opportunities for these allied health care practitioners to collaborate with other health care professionals such as family physicians, massage therapists, naturopaths, athletic therapists, kinesiologists, podiatrists, chiropodists, occupational therapists, ergonomists, & acupuncturists) and benefit patients with inter-professional care.
A small numbers of our graduates also work in hospitals International nursing homes, health spas, sports teams, insurance companies claims services department, fitness clubs, cruise ship spas, colleges, universities, private schools, motor vehicle accident (MVA) assessment centers and other institutions as well as OPP Ontario Provincial Police and other.
New graduates start their professional work as employees. Later they establish their own private clinics.
NOTE: we are engaged in liaison with several MNC Corps and Head hunter agencies who will provide resources for our Graduates future.
Is NEC Canada Tuition Tax Deductible?
Yes! Students receive a receipt for tuition paid. The cost of books and supplies are also tax deductible in most countries.
Is NEC Canada Osteopathy Program accredited?
Yes. NEC Canada Osteopathy is accredited by the GOCC General Osteopathic Council of Canada based / built on the platform extending of the world famous GOCC UK since 1996 and by OOAMA Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association.
is NEC Canada DNM® Doctorate of Natural Medicine® Natural medicines Program accredited?
Yes. NEC Canada DNM® Doctorate of Natural Medicine® Academic program is accredited / Offered by EBNMP Canada as well as WONM -World Organization of Natural Medicines . Please visit the Recognition page for more details.
Are NEC Canada graduates eligible to write the board exams?
NEC Graduates are eligible to apply and register for the respective board exams administered by the EBNMP / GOCC OS after clearing NEC Pre Board Registration exams as well as fulfilling all criteria’s leading to Board Exams.
Students who wish to practice osteopathy in Canada are eligible to apply and register with the GOCC OS and with EBNMP Canada for Natural Medicines. Students who wish to practice in the province of Ontario (Canada) are eligible to register with OOAMA Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association.
Passing one of the two board exams mentioned above is required for NEC Canada graduates to be eligible for membership to practice in Ontario, Canada.
Where are the optional practical classes held?
The in week / weekend classes / practical technique are held in our GTA campus (Ontario, Canada). Attendance is mandatory for the students meaning you cannot graduate without attending the classes. In these classes students learn real hands on treatment not possible by some online or distant corrospondence.
Can osteopathic manual therapies be studied online solely?
NO! Many students write to us with this question in regards to few fly by night clandestine schools operating under the legal loopholes and we at NEC Canada have no such association with such. According to legal medical laws of all countries and as per Government warnings in all countries “No type of medical therapeutic science specially body arts may not be learned online or correspondence or distant as these are all signs of fraudulent activities however well meant’ and in contravention of medical laws. It is true some subjects and some disciplines are offered via online platform but that is not the same for EX if you have a Bachelor of Physiotherapy then you can avail a online DPT doctoral degree because one has a solid medical practice foundation established or an MD taking an online courses or CEU in various disciplines even surgery – but ever heard of an someone became a MD / DO or N.D or DNM solely via online home study course?.
Is NEC Canada Programs covered by insurers?
In Canada . manual osteopathic treatments / Natural medicines / Naturotherapies and Naturopathy are covered by most extended health plan insurance providers. We are constantly working with various insurance providers all across Canada and soon we will announce very good news for all graduates!
Since 1996 we have had many Canadian insurance providers cover our students barring a few exceptions which we will disclose to our students and public at a forthcoming convention. Most Canadian insurance providers are very fair.
in the province of Ontario in Canada all insurers as per Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) must cover manual osteopathic / natural medicine treatments.
Can I use your courses / Programs towards my Continuing Education (CE) required by my regulatory board?
Yes. Most regulatory boards for physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, natural medicines , kinesiologists, homeopaths, medical doctors accept the time you spent studying in NEC Canada programs towards your CE requirement.
I am a student of another osteopathic school. Can I transfer to NEC Canada?
Of course you can! We treat everyone equally and fairly.
Advanced credits may be given for courses completed. You can be from any other educational institution / College/ Country / National or International – we have developed a same treatment format for all.
Does Canadian Government Recognize NEC Canada programs?
Fortunately our Government does honour an federally incorporated Canadian educational institution providing its programs under private post secondary vocational schools since establishment of NEC in 1996 we have had our degree programs classified under various NOC titles. And we are working to improve with further NOC reviews / Classifications. Besides our beloved Nation, NEC Canada programs are currently under review by few leading Internationally accredited Colleges / Bodies to offer us more recognition on par with their requirements. TBA
Is NEC Canada recognized by the Canadian Government?
NEC Canada is a Registered Canadian (Ontario) Post Secondary educational College of Natural Healing Sciences for tax credit purposes to all our Canadian / International students. Our Canadian students are eligible to receive Tuition, Education, and Textbook tax credits from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). One may contact the CRA to process the TL11A form.